Date: Sunday, 19 July 2009
Time: 10am – 1pm
Venue: Residence of Sri Narayanan Sathiamoorthy, Cambridge, MA
Event: Srimad Bhagavatam Satsang
Mrs. Mangalam Ramaswamy, an expert in Srimad Bhagavatam, had visited Boston area. By Lord Sri Krishna’s and Sri Swamiji’s grace, a Bhagavatam satsang was arranged by New-England GOD satsang with her. The satsang started with the Mahamantra Chanting for about 30 min. Following this, after the recitation of the Bhagavata Dhyana Slokas by everyone, Mrs. Mangalam Ramaswamy led the parayan of the following portions from Srimad Bhagavatam.
1. Kunti Stuti
2. Bhishma Stuti
3. Druva Stuti
4. Prahlada Stuti
5. Gajendra Stuti
6. Rudra Geetam
7. Venu Geetam
All the 20 devotees were given the ‘Bhagavatam Sloka Sangraha’ that contained all the Stutis in Sanskrit and English. The hall reverberated with the stutis, which all the devotees enthusiastically recited and followed. Following this, Smt Mangalam Ramaswamy gave a discourse.
“Mind has a tendency to grasp things that are most beautiful and if we gave the thought of Lord Guruvayurappan to the mind, it would always dwell on Him because there is nothing in any of the worlds that is more beautiful, interesting and sweeter than Him.” Narrating the beautiful form of Lord Guruvayurappan, she mentioned that Srimad Bhagavatam verily the form of Him.
She also gave an interesting narration of Ajamila charitram highlighting the importance of Nama and Namakirtan in Kali Yuga. Many were close to tears listening to the wonderful exposition of the ‘Nama Vaibhava’ from Mrs. Mangalam.Towards the end, she said, that there could not have been a better way to have spent the morning of Dwadasi. Mahamantra kirtan, Srimad Bhagavata Parayan, the thought of Lord Guruvayurappan and Ajamila Charitra, which is Sri Sri Swamijis favorite example to highlight the importance of Namakirtan.
Eventually, she recounted the ‘anugraha’ of our Guru Maharaj His Holiness Maharanyam Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji and claimed that it was out of His sheer grace that, having come on a personal visit, she has been performing so many satsangs in the United States. She also reminisced the numerous ‘Shatakrutus’ (Bhagavata Saptaha parayana with 108 gopikas) that she was blessed to lead, thanks to Sri Sri Swamiji’s blessing and encouragement.
The Satsang concluded with Sri Sri Swamijis kirtan Kaliyayum bali kollum and harati. Prasad was distributed to the devotees.